The Milk Music / Merchandise / Destruction Unit split LP is a
document of a 2013 US tour which drew worldwide attention from those
interested in the modern US rock underground from a seemingly unlikely
combination of bands.
When we say “unlikely” it is because these bands are
from the geographical fringes of the country: from the far corners (the
other East and West coast corners) we have the despondent and desperate
Merchandise (Florida) and the freedom freak jams of Milk Music
(Washington), and from the depths of the Sonoran desert the majestic
psychedelic assault of Destruction Unit.
When we say “unlikely” we don’t want to suggest they
are ill-fitted. While the songs occasionally scrape against one another
in disparate tone and pace, the resulting sparks thrown off do little
to affect the overall congruency of these bands, a communal trip and a
beautiful come down: we move from the introverted warmth of Merchandise
to the sensory overload of Destruction Unit into a blissful, careering
drift in the capable arms of Milk Music. The booklet that accompanies
the record, designed by Destruction Unit’s J.S. Aurelius, collates some
of the fliers and photos from the road, and gives one pause to consider:
is this is a document of the best of the American psych underground in
That’s high talk. But let’s get high: these bands
have a relentless work ethic and their members tour continually in these
and many other high quality bands, and if they’re not in your city
tonight they’ll probably be there tomorrow, so start the party tonight,
here, with this record, a perfect place to get acquainted with some of
the energy of the heavy current that is flowing through the underground
Merchandise "No You and Me"
Merchandise "Figured Out"
Destruction Unit "Feed the Dogs"
Destruction Unit "Church of Jesus Christ"
Milk Music "Effigy"
Milk Music "Thrashing In The Unknown"
Milk Music "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory"
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 19 May, 2014.